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by OldGreyBeard
3 Feb 2016, 10:19am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Main roads that don't allow cycling
Replies: 51
Views: 5915

Re: Main roads that don't allow cycling

Even driving on the A14, especially at night, is an unpleasant experience. All those HGVs, the high speeds. Basically a motorway without the design features.
by OldGreyBeard
1 Feb 2016, 3:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Main roads that don't allow cycling
Replies: 51
Views: 5915

Re: Main roads that don't allow cycling

It does seem to be a way of creating an effective motorway at a lower cost
by OldGreyBeard
1 Feb 2016, 6:49am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Main roads that don't allow cycling
Replies: 51
Views: 5915

Re: Main roads that don't allow cycling

Here's the link to the Government press release on the A19 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cyclists-banned-from-using-the-a19 Having had a look at the A19 on Google Earth, it looks very like the A421 between the M1 and A1 South of Bedford. A cyclist was killed on that road a few weeks ago. I wond...
by OldGreyBeard
31 Jan 2016, 1:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Main roads that don't allow cycling
Replies: 51
Views: 5915

Re: Main roads that don't allow cycling

I can sort of see why road tunnels should have restrictions although there should be a signed diversion. Other roads as mentioned in the linked to thread from 2012 seem less justified. Its no so much that anyone would want to cycle there, more that motorists are swift to complain if they are ever re...
by OldGreyBeard
31 Jan 2016, 10:58am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Main roads that don't allow cycling
Replies: 51
Views: 5915

Main roads that don't allow cycling

How many A roads are there that don't allow cycling?
One that comes to my mind is the A505 through the Weston Tunnels near Baldock, Herts where there is a sign listing prohibited traffic (pedestrians, cycles, invalid carriages, animals and motorbikes under 50cc). They have to go the long way round.
by OldGreyBeard
28 Jan 2016, 9:40am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Daytime red flashing lights
Replies: 64
Views: 2397

Re: Daytime red flashing lights

Had a run in with a car close overtake a while ago, thumped the roof and upset him. Wasn't really until later that I thought about it more and realised that to hit the roof where I did, the body of the car was so close to be almost touching me] I'm tending more to let it go when someone does that s...
by OldGreyBeard
28 Jan 2016, 6:58am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Daytime red flashing lights
Replies: 64
Views: 2397

Re: Daytime red flashing lights

I downloaded the paper on the history of cycle/road safety in the 20s and 30s referred to earlier. A well written doc and very illuminating. The same arguments are in play today and the doc does explain the logical and consistent nature of the CTC's then stance on rear lights. I've always been surpr...
by OldGreyBeard
27 Jan 2016, 11:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Daytime red flashing lights
Replies: 64
Views: 2397

Re: Daytime red flashing lights

As Bicycler suggested, this sounds like a slight confusion of rule 2 (walk facing traffic - when alone or in small groups) and rule 5 (large groups keep left, and use lights at the front and back when it's dark). That's still what I'd teach Scouts, though in practice we wouldn't really walk them on...
by OldGreyBeard
27 Jan 2016, 2:14pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Daytime red flashing lights
Replies: 64
Views: 2397

Re: Daytime red flashing lights

Similar subject on the As Easy as Riding a Bike blog https://aseasyasridingabike.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/invisibility/
by OldGreyBeard
27 Jan 2016, 2:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Daytime red flashing lights
Replies: 64
Views: 2397

Re: Daytime red flashing lights

Downloaded the doc on rear lights or rather the history of road conflict 1926 to 35. Its is 27 pages long and quick dipping into it suggests well worth reading. The key issue beig the one of transferring responsibility to cyclists etc from the source of the danger, motorists. Back in the 1970s when ...
by OldGreyBeard
27 Jan 2016, 12:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Daytime red flashing lights
Replies: 64
Views: 2397

Re: Daytime red flashing lights

The expectation was that drivers should be able to stop within the distance that their headlights shone.


Imagine if people drove like that still, if they ever did.
It does seem that drivers expect the road ahead to be clear all the time.
by OldGreyBeard
27 Jan 2016, 11:12am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Daytime red flashing lights
Replies: 64
Views: 2397

Re: Daytime red flashing lights

I love that cartoon.
by OldGreyBeard
27 Jan 2016, 10:58am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Daytime red flashing lights
Replies: 64
Views: 2397

Re: Daytime red flashing lights

I know most motorbikes use lights in the daytime but I thought that was just what they did rather than it being compulsory. They didn't used to do that, its something that has developed over the years, probably in response to the large number of accidents. Remember the Think Bike ad from the 1970s? ...
by OldGreyBeard
27 Jan 2016, 10:12am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Daytime red flashing lights
Replies: 64
Views: 2397

Re: Daytime red flashing lights

At my local cycle forum meeting last week we saw road accident stats. The main cause of accidents was that the driver claimed not to see the thing they hit. This was true for pedestrians, cyclists and was even the majority cause when hitting other vehicles. Perhaps drivers simply aren't very good or...
by OldGreyBeard
27 Jan 2016, 6:39am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Daytime red flashing lights
Replies: 64
Views: 2397

Re: Daytime red flashing lights

One thing that occurred to me is that the London hire bikes (Boris Bikes) have permanently on flashing dynamo lights front & back. Perhaps this is where the practice originated.

I've also seen quite a few flashing front lights on during the day but less often than rear ones.